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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (84')
  • Cristian Penilla (45')
  • Teal Bunbury (60')

Ibra scores bicycle but Arena's Revs victorious

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Zlatan's heroics not enough as Revs get 1st win under Arena (2:05)

Bruce Arena notched his first victory as New England head coach, fending off his former LA Galaxy side on the road. (2:05)

Cristian Penilla and Teal Bunbury each scored a goal to give head coach Bruce Arena his first victory with his new club as the visiting New England Revolution held on for a 2-1 victory Sunday over the LA Galaxy.

The Galaxy got a spectacular bicycle-kick goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 84th minute, his 11th of the season, but LA could not complete the comeback. The Galaxy's Diego Polenta nearly scored in the closing seconds, hitting hit the crossbar on a long-distance shot.

Arena, who took over as New England head coach and general manager on May 14, delayed his move to the bench as interim coach Mike Lapper ran the team. His debut on the sideline coincided with his team's visit to a venue he knows well.

Arena guided the Galaxy to three MLS Cup titles during his tenure from 2008-16, leaving to take over the U.S. Men's National Team in its failed bid for a 2018 World Cup berth.

The Revolution defense has now held its opponents to just three goals in their last four games, all after former head coach Brad Friedel was fired. In Friedel's last two games with the Revolution, they were outscored 11-1.

The Galaxy lost their third consecutive home game, getting outscored 5-1 in those contests.

Penilla scored his third goal of the season just before halftime. He received a pass from Carles Gil just outside the penalty area to the left of goal, moved in unmarked and blasted a shot through goalkeeper David Bingham's attempted save from a sharp angle for a 1-0 lead.

Bunbury extended the advantage to 2-0 in the 60th minute. His first goal of the season came after he took a pass from Gil at the top of the penalty area and chipped a shot over the approaching Bingham.

While the victory was the first for Arena with the Revolution, he how has 203 victories in his career as an MLS head coach and is one of just two head coaches in league history (Sigi Schmid is the other) to amass at least 200 victories.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34